Miami City Commission

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    City Quietly Labels Toxic Parks "Brownfield Sites," Limiting Neighborhood Input In Cleanup

    With little notice and no public input, the City of Miami Commission has labeled six city parks contaminated with toxic soil as so-called "Brownfield sites" -- a designation under Florida law that can limit the rights of abutting property owners to challenge clean-up plans and can prevent them from ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2014
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    April 24, 2014

    Ultra on Defeating Miami Ban: "We Are Pleased... We Are Optimistic About the Future"

    The Ultra ban has failed. After delaying the issue at its April 10 meeting, the Miami City Commission finally discussed, considered, and voted on the future of the EDM fest. The result was 4-1 in favor of Ultra returning to Miami and Bayfront Park for 2015. See also: In Defense of Ultra Music Fes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Ultra Ban: Fest Declares "Short-Term Victory" in Fight With Miami City Commission

    Ultra is safe ... For now. During yesterday's Miami City Commission meeting, Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff backed off on their most recent blitz to ban the EDM Festival from Miami. At about 12:45 p.m., the mayor and commissioner announced a surprise withdrawal of their resolu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Ultra Ban: Delayed Till April 24 by Miami City Commission

    What happened with the Ultra ban? Well, we won't find out for another two weeks, because the Miami City Commission has just delayed the issue till its next meeting on April 24. Originally scheduled to be discussed, considered, and voted upon today, the resolution was withdrawn by both sponsors, Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Miami's TestSure Helps Partiers Check the Purity of Their Molly, Cocaine, LSD

    Where's Molly? Wrong question, party people. It's a ridiculous myth that any drug purchased on the street advertised as "real molly" is ecstasy in its purest form. That tab's more likely to be some mystery pill that could kill you. So follow the advice of Miami's TestSure and try asking: What's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Ultra Music Festival Fights Ban With Petition to "Keep UMF in Miami"

    Ultra Music Festival has issued a "call to action." Responding to Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff's proposed ban, the EDM fest has launched a petition to "Keep UMF in Miami." "In order to stay at Bayfront Park," Ultra writes, "we need your support now." And at the time of this ... More >>

  • News

    February 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Pottinger Settlement: Homeless Lose Rights

    An agreement reached Wednesday takes some rights away from Miami's homeless population and sets a two-year moratorium during which the city won't be able to modify a landmark 1998 federal consent decree, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced late Thursday. Sex offenders ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Marine Stadium Redevelopment Approved, Now It Just Needs $20 Million

    After over 20 years of sitting in disrepair, the Miami Marine Stadium is now closer than ever to returning to its former glory after the City of Miami Commission voted yesterday to give control of the stadium's renovation to a non-profit group. Now they just need $20 million.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Miami Police Chief: Those With Heart Problems Shouldn't Break the Law To Avoid Being Tased

    Police routinely use Tasers as a (usually) non-lethal alternative to guns, but they can occasionally lead to potential lethal problems like heart attacks and cardiac arrest. People with pre-existing health problems may be more at risk. Well, sitting before the City of Miami Commission today, Miami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Organizers Willing to Work With City on Downtown Traffic, Security Concerns

    Marc Sarnoff still hasn't returned repeated calls to Crossfade about his anti-Ultra Music Festival stance. But considering Tommie Sunshine's push to get EDM fans to call and email him, we're pretty sure he's been busy the last for the last few 24 hours. However, we do finally have a response for U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Top Five Miami Parks For a Memorial Day Barbecue

    While the rest of the nation is celebrating just being able to leave the house without mittens and and a scarf on, it will be just another warm, sunny weekend for us here in South Florida. So why not grill a fabulous selection of barbecued meats while taking in a wondrous view? No we don't mean by p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Miguel Exposito Walks With Almost a Million Bucks, Six-Figure Pension After Firing

    ​If ex-police chief Miguel Exposito didn't look all that torn up on Monday when the Miami City Commission sacked him, there's a good reason: Not only can he ignore all of Mayor Tomás Regalado's nonsense from now on, but also he's walking away with some serious money.Exposito will leave the city w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Oh Great, Xavier Suarez and the Other Julio Robaina are Running for County Commission

    Xavier Suarez​Miami-Dade politics is a complicated beast, and the recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez has set off a lot of dominoes. Commissioner Carlos Gimenez's decision to resign from his county commission seat to run for mayor means it's now up for grabs. And guess who's running? Former ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Families of Seven Men Killed in Police Shootings Speak At Commission Meeting Today

    ​Willa Mae Reed cries when she remembers the last time she saw her grandson, Tarnorris Tyrell Gaye. "He said he was getting a haircut, and he kissed me goodbye," Reed tells Riptide. "I still got a lot of questions about what happened next."Gaye was shot and killed by Miami police in December -- on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Jeffrey Loria: Dirty Dozen 2010

    ​Each year, New Times puts together a list of the sketchiest politicians and unholiest celebrities and weirdest human beings to call the Magic City home. So who made the filthy cut this year? We're releasing the names one by one ahead of next week's issue, which comes with a full-page illustra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Downtown's No-Panhandling Zone is SB1070 For Miami's Homeless

    Marc Sarnoff, the Miami Heat's handy rubber-stamper.​Last week, the Miami City Commission voted unanimously to expand a controversial "no-panhandling zone" surrounding the American Airlines Arena and the Adrienne Arsht Center. "This isn't a homeless issue," Commissioner Marc Sarnoff told Rip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Unions Slam Mayor, Commission Over Proposed Pay and Benefit Cuts

    photo by Tim Elfrink This cop wants you to know his biblical thoughts on Tomas Regalado.​They packed City Hall by the dozens this afternoon -- the firefighters in bright yellow, the police in dark blue, the general service workers in civvies. They beat the floor, pounded the windows and wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Man Found Shot to Death in Truck

    via CBS4​In today's news roundup: A dead body is found in a truck, a teacher drives while under the influence of booze and Xanax, and those huge LCD billboards in downtown Miami have a long way to go before they're erected.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    CBS4 Cameraman Detained After Brawl at City Hall

    Not smiling this time: Commissioner Marc Sarnoff called for recess after a brawl in City Hall​A brawl between a CBS4 cameraman and police officers broke out today during a Miami City Commission meeting. Sources at the scene say that the cameraman -- a large man in a red shirt -- was hauled away in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Commission Approves Massive Electronic Billboards Downtown, But Are They Legal?

    via Miami City Square​After two hours of discussion, the Miami City Commission this afternoon voted 4-1 to grant final approval for two skyscraper-tall digital billboards to be built atop a new parking garage next to the Arsht Center. Only Frank Carollo voted against the plan after express ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    City of Miami Unanimously Passes Domestic Partnership Ordinace

    via Made Underground's FlickrToday, the City of Miami Commission took a tiny little step in the right direction towards equality by unanimously passing a Domestic Partnership Ordinance, 5-0. The new policy will only effect City employees by extending health care benefits to their same-sex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    News Roundup

    Local This is the saddest thing ever: An English teacher saved up for her dream vacation in Miami Beach and then died of meningitis. [ThisIs] The Miami City Commission will not let the Marlins ballpark borrow $9 million from the general fund to build a parking garage. This is because the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    Homophobe Media Whizzes Not Doing So Great

    This past week, The Miami Herald blasted a comforting message: The state’s proposed gay marriage ban isn’t doing so hot. Polls show Amendment 2 is lacking up to 19 percent of the voter support it needs to pass in Florida. On top of that, Mayor Manny Diaz, the Miami City Commission, and the Browa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    Live Nation Taking Over Bayfront Park

    Move over Fillmore Miami Beach, Bayfront Park Amphitheater is about to get in on some of the Live Nation action. Whether you love or abhor it, Live Nation, one of the nation's leading concert promotion companies is set to take over the operation of Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Downtown Miami. Acco ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2007

    Too Hot to Care

    In the summer, perspiration has a way of eating away at the body all day

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007
  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Waterfront Access Is for Commies

    "Miami residents should take development where we can get it. It’s basically our last chance."

  • City Life

    May 12, 2005


    Sidewalk bicycle ban

  • News

    July 1, 2004

    Two in the Bush

    Purloined pigeons and a rooster identity crisis

  • City Life

    May 13, 2004


    City of Miami Protest Ordinance

  • City Life

    May 13, 2004


    Criminal investigations

  • Diversions

    May 13, 2004

    Personal Best

    Mario Artecona

  • News

    November 6, 2003

    Crime and Water Balloons

    Have Miami city commissioners lost their (illegal) marbles?

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Pooch Putsch?

    If this catfight over a dog park gets any more beastly, it could claw apart city government

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    Dan Ricker Wants You!

    He's Miami's premier citizen advocate. He attends scads of boring meetings so you don't have to. He's on a mission. And he's going broke in the process.

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Squeeze Play

    When an influential developer wants to cram a size-10 project on a size-4 parcel of waterfront land, who can he turn to for help? The ever-accommodating Miami City Commission, of course.

  • City Life

    May 11, 2000
  • News

    February 10, 2000


    Nat Wilcox on bad behavior; and growing radio verde?

  • News

    April 16, 1998

    If You Indict, They Will Come

    What is Miami's greatest natural resource? Corruption, of course! So let's get out there and sell it!

  • News

    November 20, 1997
  • News

    June 26, 1997

    Good Fences, Bad Neighbors

    Sly Stallone is just a family man who wants some peace and quiet, and he intends to get it

  • News

    November 30, 1995

    Dollars to Doughnuts . . .

    And auto repair, and the occasional nephew. . . An edifying look at Miami City Commission candidates' financial statements

  • News

    October 5, 1995

    Take the Guardhouse and Run

    Sylvester Stallone delivers a $50k soliloquy to the Miami City Commission but doesn't leave the chambers empty-handed

  • News

    March 23, 1995

    Treasured Isle

    This time next year an RV campground will occupy Virginia Key. Say sayonara to one of the city's last patches of green.

  • News

    August 16, 1994

    Bring Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Homeless

    Just keep them out of Coconut Grove

  • News

    April 13, 1994

    Miami: Stick It in Your Ear

    And the winner by a landslide is...

  • News

    December 8, 1993

    Mr. Bailey's Neighborhood

    Miami's northeast side is in trouble, and city housing boss Herbert Bailey has eagerly pitched in to help. Personally. On his own time. With his own money. An investigation is underway.

  • News

    September 23, 1992
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